Adjustable Fret Slotting Saw, Saw and depth stop

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Our Fret Slotting Saw has a rigid brass spine, and a comfortable traditionally-turned hardwood handle with ferrule. It looks right at home on a luthier's workbench.

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Adjustable Fret Slotting Saw, Saw and depth stop

Item # 5745
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Our Fret Slotting Saw has a rigid brass spine, and a comfortable traditionally-turned hardwood handle with ferrule. It looks right at home on a luthier's workbench.

Sheffield steel blade.
Make no mistake: this is NOT a standard hardware megamart backsaw! We started with a blade of legendary corrosion-resistant Sheffield steel, and specified .023" width to match our fretwire. We insisted on precision pull-cut teeth, to greatly reduce blade flex and jamming in harder fingerboard woods. Lastly, we designed an easy to use, removable clear acrylic depth stop. It slides up or down, with thumbscrews to precisely set any fret slot depth.

And one more thing: this saw works seamlessly with our Fret Slotting Miter Box.

The acrylic depth guide can be adjusted to expose as much as 1/4" of the blade, and is removable for cutting off the ends of a blank fingerboard. It's also sold separately.

Overall length 15-1/4" (387.35mm)
Cutting length 10" (254mm)
Blade depth 1-3/4" (44.45mm)

Cut accurate 90-degree slots when you use the saw with our Fret Slotting Miter Box. Add a Fret Scale Template and you'll never miscalculate your fret positions.

Need help calculating your fret locations?
Our online fret scale calculator can calculate any scale length you want to use. It will also give you accurate measurements for locating the bridge on your instrument.

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Adjustable Fret Slotting Saw, Saw and depth stop

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Don't saw too deep!

By Mapleguy from Bethel, OH
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, July 10, 2013

When adding frets to my dulcimer, I used this saw. If you want a uniform depth on your frets when you cut the slots, this is the saw to use. If I need to cut 17 or 18 slots on several fret boards I prefer to use the circular saw, though.

Fret Saw

(Customer's Reviews) Friday, June 07, 2013

"Very Nice quality, good precision
Looks it Will Last a long Time

Does the job!!!

By George Isidorou (Luthier) from Greece
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, May 16, 2013

Excellent quality,it cuts well and easily.I've used it and I'm very pleased.The wooden handle is fantastic, good grip too.

good to go

By ron hyde from wa.
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, April 15, 2013

this is my fourth new fret saw from stewmac in my 40 years of luthering / they do wear out / i like this one as it pull cuts and it is fair priced & not fancy / the blades make great scrapers when they get dull

Essential tool!

By Roger Sadowsky from NY, NY
(Customer's Reviews) Saturday, February 02, 2013

If you want your fret slots to be the right depth after truing a fingerboard, this tool is essential. We have one dedicated for maple boards and one dedicated to rosewood and ebony.

Works Well

By Adams Guitars from Wisconsin
(Customer's Reviews) Thursday, January 03, 2013

I have used this on a couple of guitars now and am very happy with the results.


By Rob the luthier from Scotland
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Fantastic saw, cuts great, perfect for my small one man workshop...

Great product

By Sonic Titan from Lancaster Pa
(Customer's Reviews) Wednesday, November 14, 2012

This saw is build well and is a great value.
Don't let the coment about the depth stop scare you away, as the only reason the depth stop will not work properly is if you install it UPSIDE DOWN!

Decent saw, but baffling shortcoming

By Pentatonic Chronic from Santa Cruz, CA
(Customer's Reviews) Monday, October 29, 2012

I'm a little disappointed with this item because, though the saw seems fine, the depth guide has limited adjustability. If you want to make slots only as deep as the tang on the frets you plan to install, the depth guide will not adjust low enough to permit slots that shallow. Not even close. I don't remember the measurement, but the shallowest cut the guide would permit was about twice the depth of the tang.

Decent saw.

By Greg Robinson - Guitar & Amplifier from Melbourne, Australia
(Customer's Reviews) Tuesday, September 18, 2012

My saw cuts an accurate slot that accepts the fret-tang readily, but it really needed a polish, set and sharpening before it would cut easily.

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